Rufino Tamayo

Rufino Tamayo

Rufino Tamayo

Rufino Tamayo

Excerpt

Rufino Tamayo has been painting for more than thirty years. He has lived in Mexico City, where he began his artistic education and continued to work, and New York, where he has spent the last ten winters. In the course of this time he has marked out a highly personal manner of artistic expression. Tamayo has developed a style that is at once objective and expressive, strong, even striking upon first meeting, yet containing nuances of color and construction that cannot be taken in at a glance. The proof of Tamayo's individuality as an artist lies in the clear image that, upon recollection, one has of his art. A "typical" Tamayo is easily brought to the mind's eye, and coming upon one of his pictures among the works of other painters, whether in or out of Mexico, there is no disappointment; the strength of the artistic personality is there, and for the moment the type has been assimilated to the particular work. Yet when ten of Tamayo's canvases are assembled in an exhibition there is a sudden realization of richness and variety. Both mood and theme change from one composition to the next, and pictures which separately had each been thought of as characteristic works are seen to be far apart in subject, in format, in color, in interpretation--in total effect. From year to year, even within the limits of the almost annual shows that Tamayo has recently been having, there is development and contrast. But in the end, upon looking over such a collection as has been gathered together for this book, one's initial conviction is reaffirmed: There is a "typical" Tamayo; but it is not one picture, it is the projection of a unified and integrated artistic personality.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.